The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower will open officially for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 4th. Hours will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each weekend in May and then daily beginning Memorial Day weekend. With the increased visitors during the month of September, the Bell Tower Foundation Board decided to remain open daily for the month of September and weekends in October. The Tower is also available by appointment by calling the Greene County Chamber & Tourism office at 515-386-2155. Pat Richards continues as the Tower Staff coordinator with an experienced group of staff returning for the 2019 season.
The Mahanay Memorial Carillon expanded to 47 bells on Memorial Day weekend in 2017. The Mahanay Music committee has a list of musicians with at least 2 years of piano experience to volunteer to play the bells for the daily Tower Tunes Live concerts from 12:15 – 12:30 p.m. These concerts will begin on Memorial Day weekend and continue through Labor Day weekend. Musicians can choose their own music. The bells are played on a digital keyboard connected to the bells. The musicians who played last year enjoyed the experience of playing such a large instrument. Becky Greiner, Peg Raney and Pat Richards are collecting names and contact information for anyone wanting to be added to the list. Musicians can also email firstname.lastname@example.org An electronic calendar will be sent out for musicians to choose when they would like to play.
2019 Season Passes will again be available at the Mahanay Tower for $15. This allows the individual to visit the Tower for the entire year.
The website www.mahanaybelltower.org and Facebook page are also kept up-to-date with information and pictures about the Mahanay Bell Tower. The Bell Tower Community Foundation encourages people to check these out and share with visitors.